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New York Is First State to Offer Employees Paid Prenatal Personal Leave

On April 19, 2024, Governor Hochul signed an amendment to New York Labor Law § 196-b (the statewide paid sick and safe leave law), making New York State the first state to require private employers to offer their employees a paid prenatal personal leave entitlement.

When does it take effect?

  • Paid prenatal personal leave takes effect January 1, 2025.

What can paid prenatal personal leave be used for?

  • Further, prenatal personal leave can be taken for “the health care services received by an employee during their pregnancy or related to such pregnancy, including physical examinations, medical procedures, monitoring and testing, and discussions with a health care provider related to the pregnancy.”

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